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In emergencies or if state fisheries, wildlife or boating laws are being violated, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or for cell phone users throughout the state, dial *FWC (*392) depending on your location, hail on VHF Channel 16 or report violations via text message.
Most cell phones allow users to send text messages directly to an email address. You can text;standard usage fees may apply.

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For more information contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-866-FWC-HIRE (392-4473) or visit

  • To purchase fishing licenses: 888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356) •
  • FWC Division of Law Enforcement: 888-404-FWCC (3922)
  • For up-to-date information on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill please visit
  • To report fish and wildlife law violations, call the Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922)
  • FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute: 727896-8626 •
  • To report fish kills: 800-636-0511
  • To report fish tags: 800-367-4461 •
  • To report Sawfish sightings: 941-255-7403 •
  • Bird Entanglement: 888-404-3922 • 727-391-6211 for Tampa area
  • To request Tarpon DNA Sampling Kits: 800-367-4461 •
  • Red Tide Information Hotline: 866-300-9399 toll free in Florida, 727-552-2488 nationwide
  • Aquatic Toxins Hotline: 888-232-8635
  • Shellfish Harvesting Questions :FDACS, 850-488-5471 •
  • To report Lionfish sightings, please visit or call 1-877-786-7267

Regulations in red are new this year.

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